Friday, September 27, 2013

Global Impact: Venezuelan Officials Complicit in Smuggling 1.5 Tons of Cocaine into France

According to EFE, the government of President Nicolás Maduro took personal charge of all aspects of security at Simón Bolívar International Airport after eight military personnel, airport administrators, inspectors and employees of Air France in Caracas were arrested this week after  they were successful in smuggling 1.5 tons of cocaine into France.

Interior minister
Miguel Rodríguez Torres announced that upwards of 22 persons have been arrested thus far in connection with the conspiracy to successfully smuggle 1,382 kilos (3,044 pounds) into France on September 21.

COMMENT: The Maduro government has yet to make a formal statement regarding the massive smuggling operation, but the seizure no doubt is going to put Venezuela on a "watch list," particularly given the implication of so many people in the the operation. 

This is just another example of Venezuela's cash-strapped Socialist government failing to deliver on so many of its many promises to offer prosperity for the down-trodden. 

Thankfully, French authorities were the first to "flag" the smuggling operation, although the seizure no doubt will serve as a huge scandal for the Venezuelan government for some time.

One can only hope that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Quebec City takes a personal interest in this case, as the integrity and oversight of the Venezuelan government and its ability to clean house are very questionable.